Friday, December 20, 2013

A LITTLE "RED" AND "GREEN"

Our neighbor Bret, brought over a Holiday Velvet Cake Mix the other day to see if I had time to bake it for him.  Since his wife works full time, and he's not a "baker" we have this arrangement.  He brings me a cake mix, and I bake him a cake, but I take a slice or two before he gets it.  HaHa (that's my fee)  I must say, this is the first time I've ever made a GREEN cake.  I kept thinking it looked like the Grinch!

 Well it actually looked like the picture on the box and I had to take a piece to give it a try before calling him to say it was ready.
For dinner tonight I made homemade potato soup and thought it would be fun to eat it from the Christmas cups my friend up North sent.  It felt very festive to eat our dinner out of the cute cups.

I got the last of the boxes mailed out today, and used the final persimmon pulp for a few loaves of bread and a batch of candied walnuts.  Tomorrow I'll make my mother's recipe for English Toffee and  cross off the last baking job before Christmas.

Well, not quite ~~ I still have a pumpkin pie and the Chocolate Torte...but I won't make them until Christmas morning.  The family will gather at 3:00 PM.

How is your list going?  Almost to the end?

22 comments:

  1. I saw "red" and "green" and immediately thought "chile peppers". See what having a New Mexico connection can do?

    Pretty neat Christmas cake there. Very festive.

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    1. I wish I could eat chili peppers, but before and after my gall bladder surgery....just can't handle spicy...and I love the flavor. However I do love Mexican food...just have to watch the spice.

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  2. thats a beautiful cake, I think the goodies you're making sound wonderful!I will make pumpkin pie on Christmas Eve, and refrigerator potato rolls, I've made shortbread and thimble cookies and fudge and bark and I am done, I said I wasn't baking this year but I always change my mind, I love doing it, I think you have a great arrangement with your friend, you are a great cook,

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    1. Laurie...I think baking is just in our DNA.

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  3. What a festive looking cake! :)
    I have my shopping done and wrapped. I'll spend the next few days baking cookies and a few things for dinner that I can do ahead. I think the hustle and bustle is over for me...and I'm going to just slow down and enjoy the baking!

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    1. It's nice to be able to slow down now. Is Christmas Dinner at your place?

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  4. Still waiting for 2 items I ordered to come in. We're heading to the airport in a few minutes to go and pick our daughter up,

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    1. Hopefully they will come by Christmas. I sent a box of goodies to a friend in NY several weeks ago, and she hasn't got them....Not a good time of year for mailing.

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  5. Got almost all my grocery shopping done and spent the next 8 hours at church, prepping and serving inner to all our volunteers. Debi had made potato soup and minestrone soup, rolls and tossed and the best Caesar salad I have ever tasted. Lots of goodies for dessert and a full table of snacks and veggie platters. Everyone seemed to enjoy the tasty homemade goodness.
    Today I'm going to try a few new cookie recipes and get some errands run. You are one busy lady. I just can't get my motor going today.

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    1. Oh your serving table sound so good. It's nice that you treat your volunteers so well. They deserve it. We sure enjoyed our potato soup last night. If you cookies turn out good, email me the recipes next year.

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  6. I love red velvet cake. And what a great idea to have a green layer. We also had homemade potato soup for dinner last night.
    Everything you are baking sounds wonderful. Merry Christmas to all of you.
    I made fudg and chocolate happy birthday Jesus cupcakes for the kids. I will make mashed potatoes and Waldorf salad on Christmas Day. Our plans for a trip out of town were changed due to my coming down with the crud. :-((

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    1. Please excuse typo. I am never able to edit my comments here.

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    2. I wish my comments had edit, but I'm not sure how to add that. Any ideas? I had seen red velvet, but this was my first to know they made a green one. Just for the Holidays, I'm thinking.
      Sorry you are getting the crud...hope it passes real quick. Love Waldorf Salad...my mom made the best.

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  7. What an interesting cake! I've never seen anything like it. Have fun with your baking. I haven't started yet because I've been working so much. I may have to skip it this year.

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    1. If my neighbor had not brought it over, not sure I would have ever seen it either. Something about green cake just didn't seem to appetizing to me, but it did taste good.

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  8. The cake looks yum!
    And the cups are so cute.

    http://roomsofinspiration.blogspot.com/

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    1. I thought the cups were darling as they say Friends are SNOW special.

      Thanks for stopping by my blog...heading over to visit you now.

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  9. Hi Wanda....Looks like yo have everything under control!
    I still have shortbread and meatballs to make....that is quite an odd combo, eh?
    Thanks for always visiting...and your lovely comments...you are a real sweetie♥

    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. HaHa, not so odd if the shortbread comes after the meatballs. I love both. Are your meatballs, sweet and sour, Swedish or BBQ? Always looking for new ways to serve meatballs.

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    2. I guess sweet & sour...
      Ketchup,brown sugar,dry mustard and vinegar...
      Didn't get them made, just gout out of bed, after 2 days of horrible illness..probably a bug :o(
      Had to cancel Christmas Eve here...first time in 40 years...we miss the kids!!!
      But..tomorrow the house will be full...so that is something to look forward to!

      Have a wonderful day Wanda....ENJOY!!
      Cheers!
      Linda♥

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  10. We love red velvet cake. I used to make a great homemade one but the last time I tried it was a real dud!!! I even messed up on the mix! How does THAT happen?? Today we caved and BOUGHT a Red Velvet Cake and a Caramel Apple Pie to serve at our Christmas Eve dinner.

    Persimmon pulp? Interesting!!! I'll have to search your blog for more info on THAT!! I've missed a few posts but will catch up!!

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    1. This was my first red velvet and as you can see it was a mix. Turned out quiet nice, but green cake..I kept thinking veggie.
      Our neighbor has a persimmon tree. I peel them, and slice put in the food processor and make pulp. Then use it like banana or pumpkin to make bread. Very tasty.

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